I Saw a Star up High

This Advent / Christmas hymn was written by Joan McCrimmon, most likely in the 1970s / 80s.  It is included in the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone, which is still in print.

It was included in a re-mastered CD "Carols for Christmas", which is also still available.

The tune was composed in 1971 by the British-Kenyan folk singer Roger Whittaker (b 1936) and originally pared with the text "The Last Farewell" (ref) - certain lines in the song appear to be inspired by this.

The tune has a 12/8 time signature, and in the key of Eb the first few notes of the melody are  BB B BB BB BBCB BEE_.



Downloads


Examples


Solo singer with backing band, live performance at a Christmas show:



Instrumental - karaoke backing track:



Lyrics

The words are copyright, so cannot be quoted here in full. But a rough outline is:
1  I saw a star up high above the heavens

Chorus 1:
No one there would listen to my story
And no one seemed to care about the child;
But he was beautiful,
The baby born to save us,
As in his mother's arms he gently lay.

2  I saw the star shine down upon the stable ...

3  I hurried home and there I met the townsfolk

Chorus 2
But all alone I knelt before that manger,
With sheep and cows and oxen standing by;
But he was ...
...
The baby who was born on Christmas Day.


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